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Adapting Playback in Work With Vulnerable Communities

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March 17 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm EDT

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Our work with vulnerable communities has been primarily with adults with developmental challenges. In past years, we have also worked with children in a variety of settings, adolescents, recently released incarcerated individuals, and seniors living in residential settings.

Our curiosity arose from our work in supporting tellers in thickening their narratives. For example, a simple sharing of going to the park can become richer when the conductor invites elaboration. Our experience has focused on those who do not often have an opportunity to share their stories or those who have difficulty expressing themselves. We have developed ways of supporting and facilitating the telling of these stories.

Our intention in offering this workshop is to open a conversation about supporting people in telling their stories. We welcome experiences of other playback practitioners who have worked with these and other groups.

This workshop will also include a performance component where participants will have space to share moments from their own experiences.


Susan Ward, Leigh Bulmer, Zeeva Weisz, and Vera Kisfalvi (all she/her/hers)

Susan Ward is a drama therapist and a play therapist working in Montreal. She has been involved in playback since the mid-nineties when a group decided that we would teach ourselves playback using Jo’s book. We rehearsed for 2 years before performing in our community. I have been in love with the idea and the practice of playback because it privileges stories and values connections that they create.

Vera Kisfalvi is a retired professor of management and has an MA in literature, specialising in drama. Introduced to Playback Theater on her 50th birthday when a friend asked her to play back each decade of her life, she permanently fell in love with the form at a workshop in 2001. She is an actor in Montreal Playback Theatre, which she joined in 2002.

Leigh Bulmer is a drama therapist and a teacher. She currently works as a special needs/resource elementary teacher for the Riverside School Board. She has been member of Montreal Playback Theatre since 2001. She has experience as both an actor and a conductor.

Zeeva Weisz has been part of the Montreal Playback Theatre since 1999. She is a Drama Therapist working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She presently facilitates an on-line storytelling program for adults in this community.

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27 people are attending Adapting Playback in Work With Vulnerable Communities

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